The Chevrolet Camaro
The Chevrolet Camaro is an automobile manufactured by General Motors (GM) under the Chevrolet brand, classified as a pony car and some versions also as a muscle car. It went on sale on September 29, 1966, for the 1967 model year and was designed as a competing model to the Ford Mustang. The car shared its platform and major components with the Pontiac Firebird, also introduced for 1967.
Four distinct generations of the Camaro were developed before production ended in 2002. The nameplate was revived on a concept car that evolved into the fifth-generation Camaro; production started on March 16, 2009. It was featured on the famous animated series turned into a movie, Transformers as Bumble Bee.
The Chevrolet Camaro, dons a shape and style that most closely resembles the original, and thus qualifies as the first retro-bodied Camaro model. The Camaro has the recessed headlights and grille, the wavy profile, the power-bulged hood, the flared rear quarter, the quad tail lamps and the low roofline with the fast-raked rear window, among other subtle details.
Blistering numbers aside, the Camaro comes with a host of standard features that fuse performance and convenience. Power drive and front passenger seats, AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo with music navigator and graphic information display, and 18-inch wheels and tires. To all these the V8-equipped Camaro SS adds four-piston Brembo brakes, fog lamps, rear spoiler, SS-specific front and rear body-color fascias and 20-inch wheels and tires in place of the 18-inchers.
Certifying the Camaro’s status as a true pony muscle car, are the two available power plant options. LT trim comes with a 3.6-liter V6 with Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) mated to a 6-speed automatic with TAP shift and a 3.27:1 axle ratio, producing 304 horsepower and 273 lb-ft. of torque. Base engine or not, this power train is enough for 0 to 60mph (0 to 96kph) times of 6.1-seconds and a quarter-mile (400 meter) run of 14.2-seconds. For even more road-ruling performance the Camaro SS is armed with a 6.2-liter V8 with Sequential Fuel Injection (SFI) hooked up to a more aggressive 3.45:1 axle ratio. This bestows 0 to 60mph times of 4.6-seconds and the quarter-mile in 13.4.
In terms of safety, the Camaro LT model comes with a four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS), StabiliTrak electronic stability control (ECS) with traction control (TC), oil-life monitor, tire pressure monitor, dual stage front airbags with head, curtain, body and thorax side protection, rear airbags with head, curtain, body and side protection, automatic headlamps, daytime running lights (DRL), remote keyless entry, remote trunk release, and Passlock theft-deterrent system.